For my final project I wanted to move away from the world of Arduino and explore building synthesisers using integrated circuits. I’d had quite a bit of experience with microcontrollers before this course, so decided to challenge myself with something more foreign to me: stepping back… Read More
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on my midterm project – a MIDI sequencer using the bell ringing concept I’ve talked about previously on this blog. It didn’t end up being massively successful, but I made a lot of personal progress. Check it out:… Read More
I made a short presentation describing the aims of my project, the progress I made, and potential improvements I can make if I am to continue my project in the future. You can view the presentation in full here.
This post combines some experiments I did over a few weeks, using a couple of different integrated circuit (IC) chips – the 555 timer and the CD40106. 555 Timer 01/02/16: I started playing around with the 555 chip after getting Forrest Mims’ Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits and… Read More
[Dear Phoenix & Perla: My full lab write-up, including the rest of the tasks, was submitted online through learn.gold] In my last Physical Computing update, I hinted at my lab project: The Human Detector. But what is a human detector? How does it function? Does it… Read More
This week we started experimenting with a bunch of different components, from DC motors… …to servos… …and light dependent resistors! The above motor and servo experiments were created using code from the Arduino examples, and the automatic night light was built from this article. After getting these… Read More
Welcome back for week 2! Let’s see how our little LED friend is getting on… Hooked up to a potentiometer? Nice! That serial data looks great. But could we perhaps use it for something a little more interesting? Something like…a noisy visual synth?? Of… Read More